Our fast-paced society has brought about a chronic condition - STRESS. To make ends meet we have to work overtime, or keep working even though we are back home; or have to run around with kids because of their extracurricular activities; or have to sit in traffic for hours. No time for rest and relaxation, and then to add insult to injury, stress-related problems inhibit our sleep. We end up failing to fall asleep, or find it impossible to remain asleep and wake up a few hours after dozing off; or maybe manage to sleep but wake up without feeling refreshed. In other words we become insomniacs.
Sleep deprivation is more or less caused by:
• health complications,
• medication side effects and
• clinical disorders.
Anxiety can cause chronic insomnia as well as symptoms of tension, such as fatigue and restlessness.
Depression commonly causes chronic insomnia with difficulty falling asleep, waking and being unable to fall back to sleep, or waking early in the morning.
Unfortunately to reduce anxiety and tackle depression we resort to medication. Some turn to sleeping pills to try to get the rest they need. However, taken over long periods of time, sleeping pills lose their effectiveness and also interfere with the body's natural rest patterns. Medication can interfere with the body's natural rhythms, causing restlessness, insomnia and tiredness. Whether it is an antidepressant, theophylline for asthma, or even, surprisingly, sleeping pills, medicines can have unsettling side effects. Asthmatics too know how difficult sleeping is during a flare-up or full-on attack. Even a little coughing at night can keep you from getting the quality sleep your body needs.
CNS stimulants — including amphetamines, theophylline derivatives, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolaminecocaine, and caffeinated beverages — may also produce insomnia.
Try to develop good sleep hygiene, or regular sleep habits. Follow healthy lifestyle habits that can help you with sleep problems:
• Avoid too much stress.
• Eat a balanced diet.
• Avoid too much caffeine and nicotine, especially in the evening hours.
• Don't overdo alcohol.
• Exercise earlier in the day, not close to bedtime.
CONTROLLER SLEEP SYRUP by Alta Care Laboratoires
The Controller Sleep Syrup preparation will help you to regain quickly a refreshing sleep, without experiencing side effects. Controller Sleep is recommended not only for people who are experiencing sleep-deprivation but also for anyone who wants to improve the quality of sleep and wake up full of energy.
The Controller Sleep Syrup preparation will contribute to the rebalancing of your biological rhythms. This formula, made of phyto-extracts, will help you fall asleep and maintain a high-quality, refreshing rest, without the risk of habituation or dependence.
1 tablespoon or a 10ml dose at night before going to sleep.
For children under 12 years old, 1/2 tablespoon or a 5ml dose at night before going to sleep, or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor.